As expected, Artus was shocked when Natalia introduced herself. She could see in his eyes that Artus recognised her surname, but even so, the way he talked to her didn’t change that much. “Uhhh…right. Yeah I’ll come with you. I mean it’ll be a nice change to travel with someone rather than be alone. Alright, I guess we better get going then.” As Artus was sheathing his sword, Natalia quietly sighed and rolled her eyes thinking about the boy’s manners. They followed the path until they arrived to Kale.
As big as the city was, it wasn’t particularly impressive. Natalia expected the city where the king lived to be more colourful, vibrant and decorated with all sorts of statues, fountains and flowers. Instead, the most imposing thing was the small arch that marked the entrance to the city. The streets were mostly empty as well, apart from a group of people assembled around a fountain. The fountain was a big one, but it was pretty plain so it left Natalia unimpressed.
A soldier in a pale, light blue armour left the group and approached Natalia and Artus. “Hey, you folks should leave. This is not the time for any visitors.” Natalia was going to just walk away and ignore him, she wasn’t going to be ordered around by a simple city guard, who hadn’t even heard of personal hygiene. Besides, she wasn’t planning to stay in Kale for long. Artus, however, wanted to convince the soldier he could stay.
“Uhhh…I’m not trying to be rude, but what’s the problem?” He asked. This should be worth watching. Natalia decided to stick around for a bit longer to see Artus begging the guard not to be thrown out of Kale. “I just wanna talk with Kazu…King Kazu I mean, sorry.” Artus continued.
He obviously has no idea how to refer to his superiors, not just me, but the king as well. Besides, a commoner can’t just approach the king.
The soldier told him exactly that. “Look, if I gave everyone who came here access to speak with him, we’d have another unnecessary problem on our hands. I’m gonna guess you want some sort of request like money?” Somehow though, he then changed his tone and attitude. “I’m not forcing you to leave. If you want to stay, the inn is right over there. It may not be the comfiest place, but it’s cheap. But I'm strongly encouraging you folks to leave as soon as possible.” After that the soldier just walked off.
Surprisingly, Artus didn’t show any relief to be allowed to stay in Kale, more than anything else he was disappointed. Did he honestly believe he would be able to speak to king Kazu just like that? What a weird guy.
“Well, looks like I’m screwed.” Artus said to Natalia and sighed. “So, you got anything you want to do while we’re here? I mean we can look around and explore few places if you want. If not, I plan on staying at the inn for tonight and you’re welcome to stay if you want. I’m pretty sure I got enough money for the both of us.”
Natalia looked at him with a raised eyebrow, her eyes checking for signs of mental illness. “I think I’ll be able to afford a room in the inn. In fact, I was going to look around for something more luxurious than the cheap place the guard was talking about.” Natalia’s voice was reeking of sarcasm. “I don’t plan on staying here for more than a night anyway, I’m still far from my destination. “ She continued with her normal, slightly irritated tone. “You can tag along, if you want.” She started to walk away before stopping and turning back to Artus. “Tell me, did you really believe you would be able to talk to the king? Also, what do you want from him?” Natalia asked with genuine interest.